Timbers Academy teams to join U.S. Soccer Development Academy,
Timbers’ U-16 and U-18 Academy teams set to begin play in 2012-13 season
PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Timbers, Montreal Impact, and U.S. Soccer announced today that the they have been selected to join the U.S. Soccer Development Academy starting in the 2012-13 season. Entrance into the U.S. Soccer Development Academy is a significant step in the development of the Timbers’ comprehensive academy and youth development system.
The U.S. Soccer Development Academy provides elite youth soccer players from across North America with the best development opportunities to achieve their potential on the field. The Timbers will field teams at the U-15/U-16 and U-17/U-18 levels, playing a 10-month season and competing in the Northwest Division against other academy sides from Major League Soccer clubs, including Northwest rivals Seattle Sounders FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC, as well as other elite youth clubs.
The U.S. Soccer Development Academy also connects National Team coaches directly with academy teams to help develop and identify players and coaches for future Youth National Teams